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Tanvi P Patel
ENGL 342
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Novel

Recent efforts to change the shape and direction of the novel by such writers as Murdoch, Barth, Hawkes, Fowles, and Atwood.

Class description

This courses focuses on contemporary Indian fiction and its various thematic trajectories as a postcolonial nation. In what ways do modern writers detail with the socio-political intricacies of the increasingly globalizing nation of India? How might do authors, through narrative and contextual variations, display the realities of Indian families, societies and ideologies? Students will consider modern developments in politics, religion, crime, society and culture through a pantheon of literature and cinema. Attending to the country’s landscapes and peoples, the course will examine transitions between public and private spaces, the increasing burden of globalization and modernity, expanding class and caste gaps and differences between third world realities and first world mentalities.

Central readings will include: Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger (2008), Vikas Swarup’s The Six Suspects (2008), A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995), Love and Longing in Bombay (1998), among others.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Evaluation will include oral presentations, essays, quizzes and exams.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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Last Update by Tanvi P Patel
Date: 02/08/2012